Just to let us know that the Shadow is a passing thing, this bright cardinal was kind enough to let me get within a couple of feet as I kept snapping shots of him today down by the lake on my walk break:

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Obviously, he wanted all of you to see him and remember . . . there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.


I had the good fortune to have the wonderful company and awesome conversation of [personal profile] ithiliana and [livejournal.com profile] aprilkat during dinner tonight. I was supposed to go with them tomorrow to the Women's March on DC, but it's a little too big for me, and I'm anxious about the press of crowds, Metro hi jinx, and, you know, bathroom access, and just being wrecked, so I've opted to go to the smaller local march in Annapolis tomorrow. And seeing the bay there will be the opposite of stress. I didn't get out to the bay once last year, so tomorrow I can combine civic activism and self-care in one trip. \o/
lavendertook: (hobbity new year)
( Jan. 1st, 2017 09:37 pm)
There's an interesting retrospective article on Howard Shore in the Washington Post today I thought some of you might enjoy. I did not know he started out doing music for SNL.
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We are in need of magic today, so I went down to the lake at the day's last light and found the Lady of the Golden Wood had gifted my shire with a mallorn, and you can see its reflection in her mirror, an image of hope. We need that last light. As the Galadhrim of Lothlorien say, if the Sindarin here is correct, amin naa yassen he`.


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That would be translated, of course, as "I'm with her" in the Common tongue.

May all our shires be gifted with golden trees of hope tomorrow. Sleep well, my flist. <3

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We are in need of magic today, so I went down to the lake at the day's last light and found the Lady of the Golden Wood had gifted my shire with a mallorn, and you can see its reflection in her mirror, an image of hope. We need that last light. As the Galadhrim of Lothlorien say, if the Sindarin here is correct, amin naa yassen he`.


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That would be translated, of course, as "I'm with her" in the Common tongue.

May all our shires be gifted with golden trees of hope tomorrow. Sleep well, my flist. <3
And who is more deserving of a vacation on the anniversary of the ring's destruction than Bingo or Frodo and Sam, I ask you? They quite enjoyed their time at the Arizona-Senora Desert Museum and strolling about. Read more... ) Also posted at http://lavendertook.dreamwidth.org/193960.html with comment count unavailablecomments
And who is more deserving of a vacation on the anniversary of the ring's destruction than Bingo or Frodo and Sam, I ask you? They quite enjoyed their time at the Arizona-Senora Desert Museum and strolling about. Read more... )
I have not gotten a chance to post pics from AwesomeCon in DC last spring, so in honor of your birthday, [personal profile] ink_gypsy, here is the best pic I took of Sean Astin, from his panel with John Rhys-Davies about LotR--sorry Elijah wasn't there:



A very happy birthday to you!
So is anyone up for a Maryland Moot next year? Our last was in Dec of 2012 for the first Hobbit film.

The end of April, beginning of May is often beautiful here, but not so good for those of the hobbit posse on academic calendars.

So I was thinking, how about the first weekend in June (6/3-6/6)? Is everyone's semester done then?

The weather is often still temperate here the beginning of June and roses are out, and it's usually quite lovely--though sometimes it can be stinky hot. This would be the week after the Memorial Day weekend. I figured air fares and airport congestion would be worse on Memorial Day weekend, but would be just as happy to have it then, if it were better for people, but I suspect that would be cutting it close for those finishing out semesters.

Or would you not be available until autumn?

What say you? Who is up for it?

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So is anyone up for a Maryland Moot next year? Our last was in Dec of 2012 for the first Hobbit film.

The end of April, beginning of May is often beautiful here, but not so good for those of the hobbit posse on academic calendars.

So I was thinking, how about the first weekend in June (6/3-6/6)? Is everyone's semester done then?

The weather is often still temperate here the beginning of June and roses are out, and it's usually quite lovely--though sometimes it can be stinky hot. This would be the week after the Memorial Day weekend. I figured air fares and airport congestion would be worse on Memorial Day weekend, but would be just as happy to have it then, if it were better for people, but I suspect that would be cutting it close for those finishing out semesters.

Or would you not be available until autumn?

What say you? Who is up for it?
Pics still from the car on the way to Laramie:


Still in Colorado--here we're approaching the little church at Virginia Dale, CO . . .


. . . and the rocks there, which look a lot like Vedauwoo, for those in the know, and those in the not know, you will see Vedauwoo next post.

Almost across the border . . . )
A very belated bonus birthday spam for my dear friend [personal profile] claudia603:

I will take it! I will take the ring to Mordor . . .

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. . . though I do not know the way . . .

. . . to the litter box. Saki just has that determined but anxious look there, don't she?

And some mermaids and Frood (decoupage by [personal profile] lbilover) for you. These are 2 beloved books of my childhood, more for the pics than the narratives themselves, really. I knew and loved the collection on the left that was in my grade school library, and my mom hunted down this copy for me when it was no longer in print--a really lovely gift.

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You will notice that the pics were taken on your birthday. So maybe instead of thinking of this as a belated wish, here's wishing you a bonus birthday celebration from the Bonus Birthday Fairy! :-D
lavendertook: (bingo feline specs)
( Mar. 25th, 2014 10:42 pm)
Here's my reading of an early draft of the beginning of "A Long Expected Party" with Bingo, son of Bilbo from The History of The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the Shadow, because I love those early drafts, and, well, Bingo:

http://bbolger-baggins.livejournal.com/84577.html



Ahahahahaha--a safe hobbit!!!
I enjoyed PJ's big AU Hobbity Adventure Part 2. It needed more dialog and character interaction and development and less orc fighting, wizard wall-pressing, and smart dragons being bad at hide 'n' seek, but yay for pretty, pretty Middle-earth. Some of the changes were good, doing a better job of pulling the narrative into Tolkien's Legendarium than Tolkien did himself, some intensify the antisemitic link with Dwarves, which is very disappointing to say the least, and some were a bit silly, but it was overall a fun romp.

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BREE

It was nice to see them work the Appendix's meeting between Thorin and Gandalf into the film. I liked seeing more women there, including Katy Jackson waiting tables. And cats.


BEORN

Totally, absolutely wrong. This Beorn is in no way a bear-man--he was way too lean, and looked much too wolfy. So I'd buy him as a wolf man, not a bear man. I mean, we all know bear men, and this one so did not look like one. But I have to say, I liked this AU Beorn far better than Tolkien's more arrogant Beorn. He was melancholy, other worldly, and with the mouse in hand, he came off as a gentle champion of nature's underdogs. He and Radagast would make the cutest naturalist couple. In every episode, Beorn would make a daring rescue of some imperiled woodland creature, bringing it home close to death for Radagast to heal and set free, and then Radagast would do something goofy and funny. Yeah, they're both terrible house keepers, so there would be no Odd Couple thing going between them, still Radagast would say or do something humorous to melt Beorn's aloof butchiness into sunshine smiles before they go off to make love like Rhosgobel rabbits together. End episode.

I really did imagine Tolkien's Beorn to be a better house keeper and gardner and longed to see his lovely gardens, which the film didn't deliver, but it was still a cool house--a lot like Radagast's--see, another connection! I did NOT miss the dancing dogs and livestock. Baaaaay-orn. Off with Hasselhoff of Bayorn Watch.

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Happy Baggins Birthday!!!

The old cake from Maryland Moot 2010 will have to suffice this year for our hobbits, since I'm barely getting time for anything this month.

Bag End Cake, Maryland Moot 9-10

More pics are here for anyone who missed it. That was a good time with my hobbit posse.<3

Addendum: I made a dollustration mathom here for the Baggins Birthday celebration at [community profile] tol_eressea.
For Ms. [personal profile] lanning, who is a hero to cat kind and a fellow fan of Pickles. Pickles is a lucky little calico who resides in Hobbiton, the one in Matamata, NZ. I've been collecting pics of Pickles since I first learned of her last year on the Hobbiton Tumbler site, where most of these pics come from. I so hope she's going to turn up in one of The Hobbit films.

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So, Ms. Pickles gets to hang out around any smial she wants . . .

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Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] dreamflower02!!! May it be hobbity and full of your namesake. To that end . . .

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Here's a beautifully tended garden with a smial growing in the middle of it, from the Hobbiton Tumbler site.


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What looks like a dream flower to me--one of the passion flowers that are all abloom right now by my hobbity Greenbelt Lake.

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A very happy birthday to the Wee Master's poet true, my dear [livejournal.com profile] jan_u_wine. I hope it's been a day full of hobbity goodness that sets your muses singing. A rose for you on your day:

First roses in April by Youth Center, Greenbelt, 4-13

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And this rose goes to our dear [livejournal.com profile] addie71:
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I wish you a very happy birthday of hobbitish delights and may the Wee Gardner's blessings be on all your spring plantings.
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lavendertook: frodo and sam sprinkles on cup cakes (birthday hobbits)
( Feb. 10th, 2013 07:33 pm)
Bingo and Sam join me in wishing [personal profile] rakshi a happy birthday, and wish you many more happy years in the West. :-D

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Continued from Part 1 here on DW and here on LJ.

SPOILERS and SPECULATIONS Go Ever On and On . . .  )

WHO AM I? 24601 . . .

To sum up about movie Bilbo, I have to say this Bilbo is quite different from Tolkien's Bilbo. He's not just more competent, but much more self-possessed from the beginning. Tolkien's Bilbo fumes inwardly, but is polite to a fault when the dwarves take over his house, and he shrieks like a tea kettle and squeaks a lot. Movie Bilbo doesn't hide how cranky he feels and has no problem saying no, even if his objections are as ignored as book Bilbo's inner fuming. He is sardonic with Gandalf ("Is he a great wizard, or more like you?") and knows how to speak with strangers, as he plays for time with the trolls.

In fact, he's not book Bilbo at all. He's book Frodo! It's Frodo who starts out with this level of competency, aaaaand crankiness. Tolkien's Frodo would not drop his sword and fall on his bum when beset by ringwraiths, but Tolkien's Bilbo, before he reached the middle of Mirkwood, might have. And don't tell me it's because Elijah Wood couldn't project this level of competence and sardonic quippiness, because he can, and does so in his initial talk with Gandalf and in the extended Green Dragon scene with the Gaffer.

Movie Frodo never does get to display the level of competence and wisdom that book Frodo shows, and that book Bilbo develops in the latter part of his arc, and I'm not just talking about Frodo's inner struggle, which film does have some unique ways to portray that PJ did not take advantage of. So Boyens, Walsh, and PJ seem to have reversed these two characters and plopped them in each other's stories. Crackfic central! It makes me wonder if they're just bigger Bilbo fans than Frodo fans, since they took away much of Frodo's strength of character and gave it to Bilbo. Or if they loved beginning Bilbo's fish-out-of water-ness so much they wanted Frodo to have it when he went on the road. And with this new trilogy, they don't want Bilbo to seem too much like their Frodo, so they are dispensing with his fear, vulnerability, and difficulty with the road.

Since they're making Bilbo competent from the outset, maybe they feel that must naturally culminate in battle prowess, because they equate being competent with being a macho warrior--FAIL. I do not want Bilbo to fight in the Battle of Five Armies, but I'm suspecting he will. He will probably have to fight spiders that are bigger and scarier than Shelob by the Law of The Audience Expects More and We Must Deliver, the poor fellow, but we'll see how that goes. Whether he is really book Bilbo or Frodo, I do love Martin Freeman's Bilbo thus far.


LEGENDARIUM AND SCOPE

I will continue to ponder all these issues into the next movie as I watch where they take this hobbit, whoever he is, and his companions. I do love the bigger scope of this story made by the incorporation of the LotR Appendices. I am eager to see what changes they make for the internal logic of their adaptation and how big and operatic it makes it, along with what they try to preserve of Tolkien's textual work and what parts of the Legendarium they can bring in without copyright infringement and Tolkien Estate battles.

Speaking of the Tolkien Estate, I love how Boyen's, Walsh's, and PJ's larger scope gives greater sympathy to the "jealous love" of the creator, that is a major theme in The Silmarillion in a predominantly cautionary vein. In this movie, that jealous love of creation among the Dwarves is also about communal production and cultural identity formation, what makes a people with family and cultural traditions, not just a clinging to objects for greed's sake. Tolkien's The Hobbit brings to this issues of rightfully contested cultural ownership and shared territory that the last movie installment should explore. PJ's team have the potential here for revealing a greater emotional and ethical complexity than Tolkien elaborated in his Legendarium, in what is, in essence, Feanor's quest in the Dwarves quest for Erebor. I hope they do more with this.

What do you think?
I saw The Hobbit for my third viewing on Saturday morning. It's really grown on me each time and now I give it two thumbs up, with a few reservations. It is a lot of fun and, mostly, very beautiful. I attribute my initial lukewarm reaction to being cranky from an earlier headache and bad traffic, further exacerbated by the 3D straining of my eyes, which made the lengthiness a bigger flaw than it normally would have been for me. I'll talk about the viewing technology issues in the second part of this review.

SPOILER ALERT: Thoughts, Complaints, and Squeeage about the film and the book . . .LONG POST IS LONG )
OK, has anybody seen [livejournal.com profile] frodosweetstuff? I haven't seen her around commenting for a few days, and I'm just afraid that she might have put on her ring of invisibility before seeing the below picture and may have thudded out cold somewhere when she saw it, and no one's tripped over her yet. ;-D

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I had a lovely dinner with [livejournal.com profile] ancalime8301 this evening--I can attest that the Gandalf Gobbler sandwich at Denny's is excellent, especially with a side of spinach--the menus are very cute. But Thomas-Builds-the-Fire tells it better, of course. And yes, this was not one of the Denny's that John Metz owns, which I would not dine in. Anyway, Cali said she hadn't seen this beautiful Frodo With the Party RSVPs pic yet, so it was as good an excuse as any to post it. I'm not sure now if it's the one I got from a link to Tolkienanos from Tumbler or our dear [livejournal.com profile] aliensouldream. The pic posted was a red-phased and sepia-ed version of the original Rolling Stone Magazine pic, and it is a very pretty effect I like a lot, but I decided to up the blue and lower the red a bit in the pic to give it a more day light effect. Yes, ASD, it is very hard to stop playing with this pic! :-D The pic in the magazine has a much sharper focus with a candlelight tone to it.

I'm kind of psyched that we get to see an age appropriate Frodo for this movie, and he's looking as beautiful as ever. I don't mean to suggest that it's more correct than the fanon that supposes that hobbits at the 33 coming of age point are like a human 18 due to slower maturation, a fanon mostly developed to make sense of Frodolijah looking so young, I think. But that fanon never quite satisfies for me that his younger hobbit companions look older than he is.

So here's how my head fanon of the films is working now: Frodo looks age appropriate in The Hobbit because the tale is from Bilbo's point of view, and Bilbo sees Frodo as he is--a hobbit in his thirties when Bilbo is eleventy-one.

However, the LotR is from Frodo's point of view, and thus he has a younger self-image of himself, as I think most of us do. So with Frodo's telling of the tale, we see him as he sees himself: a younger hobbit than even his ring-slowed age would make him later. So now it all makes sense for me and I won't have any cognitive dissonance at seeing an older Frodo for the earlier parts of the tales. And I'm so psyched to see a Frodo (and Bingo) who looks so much closer to my textual head fanon image of the character. Such are the happy rationalizations of this Frodocentric, and still Bingocentric, fan. (-;

And I promised Cali more links of what's been fun to view the last couple of weeks:

The 8 minute fan compilation of all the previews
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/21/the-hobbit-fan-trailer_n_2170938.html

The Piano Guys LotR Cover of pretty visuals with gorgeous piano/cello duo
http://youtu.be/FZNqs0YgWkM

The Silly Air New Zealand advertisement video with great-grandson Royd Tolkien in hobbit feet
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBlRbrB_Gnc

Ian McKellan's fanfic of a Bilbo/Gandalf backstory, that I bet would delight the Cucumber-Free-Cookie-batch fans a lot (-;
http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/7985801/Sir-Ian-on-Gandalfs-return

PJs Production Video #9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vqyzHwnEiY

And another pic from RSM I really like
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Enjoy!

And one more thing: does Shore's Misty Mountains Cold theme remind anyone else of Jupiter from Holst's "The Planets"? I find you can hum (OK, as in, "I have hummed") the tune and gone right into humming Holst's with one smooth transition. There ya go. (-:

3 more weeks! :-D
If you are planning to come to this December moot, considering it still, or are just nosey about the doings of your hobbit posse, like any good hobbit, and need to live vicariously, please join the Maryland Mootses community on LJ:

http://mdmoot.livejournal.com/
Weighing the poll results and answers here and here, we're going to have us a December 14-17 Hobbit Moot in Westminster, MD. We'll go see the release of The Hobbit: There and Back Again together! Probably more than once over the weekend. Wheee!!!!

I'll set us up a community. Can I set it up on DW, since one of our definite attenders is only on DW? Is there anyone who is considering coming who does not have a DW?
In which I may have rescued Verid a second time . . .

This is a true story, and I don't blame you if you don't believe it, because I hardly believe it, but it's what happened and I do have a witness. And to whoever came up with this plot obstacle to put me up against, a big SCREW YOU, because it is terribly, terribly contrived. Stop stretching credibility just to torture me, ' kay?

So on Sunday, A., a relative I've never gotten to spend one-on-one time with before, came to visit me and was such delightful company, my throat was sore all yesterday from chatting so much. I took her out to Ithilien Greenbelt Lake in the afternoon to walk around it, and hoped maybe we'd chance to see Verid or PR Officer along the way.

As we were walking the path, we approached a family walking ahead of us, a woman and man and 3 or 4 small children. I didn't completely register it at the time, but they were all carrying butterfly nets. No, really! And a little boy in the middle of the path was carrying one of those expensive mesh butterfly cages half the size of my dollar store hamper that I mentioned in the last post. As we got closer, and I strained to see, much to my horror, there was a monarch butterfly inside. I walked much faster to catch up to them and could see it was indeed a female monarch AND IT COULD VERY WELL BE VERID! Oh boy.

In Henneth Annun on Greenbelt Lake continues below . . .  )
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lavendertook: hobbiton party field with rainbow (shire rainbow)
( Oct. 1st, 2012 07:54 pm)
Please fill out the poll for the Maryland Moot 2012 weekend preference and contingencies on LJ here or on DW.

I want to announce a date before this week ends, so I'd like to know the projected needs of everyone who wants to come at this time and if they have changed at all from when I asked a few weeks ago. With the understanding that little in this mortal life is certain.

Teh management thanks you.
We will be having a Maryland Moot this year in Westminster. Hopefully, we'll be able to get the Best Western again to hang out in. I called them, and they are about halfway full on both weekends, so we'll want to call reservations in the next couple of weeks for either weekend. But there are other places if it fills, so no worries. We have to choose between the 2 weekends now, and I'm going to announce a definite date before the middle of next week, so there's more than a month for people to make travel arrangements, no matter which we choose. I'm tentatively saying Friday through Sunday, and of course, people can hang out longer, but we can discuss the adjustment of days when we pick a weekend.

So the choices:

November 9, 10, 11. Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11th, so there might be flexibility on whether Friday or Monday is a work holiday for some people. The leaves should still be pretty around here. It's usually pretty temperate this time of year here. Just cross fingers for no possible hurricane.

or

December 14, 15, 16. The Hobbit opens in theaters that Friday. I guess that means the first midnight showing is Thursday night/Friday morning? so some people might want to arrive Thursday if you're a midnight showing goer. I suspect we might want to attend multiple showings that weekend, so everyone's best times, and 3D vs 2D needs and preferences can be accommodated. This is all stuff that we will need to discuss if we choose to meet up for this weekend. We rarely have snow or ice that early, so that's not a worry, and the weather can be anywhere from temperate to cold, or a hurricane. We don't usually have bitter winter weather here until January.

So, please pick one box for your answer. You have as many choices as the number of dwarves and hobbits together who went on the quest to Erebor to choose from. Discussion, suggestions, explanations, wishes, hopes, squee, and nitpicks are most welcome in the comments. (-:


[Poll #1869316]


Let's get this choice made so we can haz mootses soon!

PS: The spell-checker for "everyone's" gives the strangest suggestions! Efren's, Efrain's, Aryan's, overruns, Aryans, Ivorians. OK then.

PSS: Evidently, Smeagol is administering this poll. So if you answer incorrectly, you might be eaten. Responses hobbitses!!!

EDIT: I guess the DW poll, doesn't translate onto LJ. I will inset an LJ formatted poll as soon as I can. WATCH THIS SPACE. EDIT ONE MILLION: Done.
We will be having a Maryland Moot this year in Westminster. Hopefully, we'll be able to get the Best Western again to hang out in. I called them, and they are about halfway full on both weekends, so we'll want to call reservations in the next couple of weeks for either weekend. But there are other places if it fills, so no worries. We have to choose between the 2 weekends now, and I'm going to announce a definite date before the middle of next week, so there's more than a month for people to make travel arrangements, no matter which we choose. I'm tentatively saying Friday through Sunday, and of course, people can hang out longer, but we can discuss the adjustment of days when we pick a weekend.


So the choices:

November 9, 10, 11. Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11th, so there might be flexibility on whether Friday or Monday is a work holiday for some people. The leaves should still be pretty around here. It's usually pretty temperate this time of year here. Just cross fingers for no possible hurricane.

or

December 14, 15, 16. The Hobbit opens in theaters that Friday. I guess that means the first midnight showing is Thursday night/Friday morning. I haven't been planning on going to a midnight showing, and have no need to, but am amenable to doing it if others have their heart set on it. I suspect we might want to attend multiple showings that weekend, so everyone's best times, and 3D vs 2D needs and preferences can be accommodated. This is all stuff that we will need to discuss if we choose to meet up for this weekend. We rarely have snow or ice that early, and the weather can be anywhere from temperate to cold. We don't usually have bitter winter weather here until January.

So, please pick one box for your answer. You have as many choices as the number of dwarves and hobbits together who went on the quest to Erebor to choose from. Discussion, suggestions, explanations, wishes, hopes, squee, and nitpicks are most welcome in the comments. (-:

Poll #11758 MarylandMoot 2012 in November vs December Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 3


Which weekend can you attend?

View Answers

Both are fine. Build it and I will come.
2 (66.7%)

I will come to either, but I'd really prefer November.
0 (0.0%)

I will come to either, but I'd really prefer December.
0 (0.0%)

November only.
0 (0.0%)

December only.
0 (0.0%)

I can do all weekend in November, but can make it for a day or a couple of hours in December.
0 (0.0%)

I can do all weekend in December, but can make it for a day or a couple of hours in November.
0 (0.0%)

I can come for one day or a couple of hours only, whichever weekend it is, but I'll be there.
0 (0.0%)

November definitely, but I might be able to make December.
0 (0.0%)

December definitely, but I might be able to make November.
0 (0.0%)

I will most probably be able to come, but I can't commit to either weekend yet.
0 (0.0%)

I can't say whether I'll be able to come to either or not yet.
0 (0.0%)

I want to come, but I can't this year.
1 (33.3%)

Other, I'll explain in comments.
0 (0.0%)



Let's get this choice made so we can haz mootses soon!

PS: The spell-checker for "everyone's" gives the strangest suggestions! Efren's, Efrain's, Aryan's, overruns, Aryans, Ivorians. OK then.

PSS: Evidently, Smeagol is administering this poll. So if you answer incorrectly, you might be eaten. Responses hobbitses!!!

EDIT: I guess the DW poll, doesn't translate onto LJ. So this won't be cross-posted, but will be a separate post on LJ.
lavendertook: hobbiton party field with rainbow (shire rainbow)
( Sep. 8th, 2012 05:46 pm)
So here's the breakdown thus far.

We've got 12 people saying they are interested.

Of that 12:

5: Any weekend will work:
[livejournal.com profile] mews1945
[livejournal.com profile] lovethosehobbit
[livejournal.com profile] obeliamedusa, might not be able to make October
[personal profile] lbilover, though would prefer November
[personal profile] lavendertook

4: Conditions:
[livejournal.com profile] browngirl can probably make December, but probably not the others.
[livejournal.com profile] aliensouldream might be able to make December if it is close enough to NYC premiere in time>
[livejournal.com profile] romeny can do November.
[profile] finnegans_way can do December movie, but may not be up to moot further due to hobbitling.

3: Definite Maybes on all 3 weekends:
[livejournal.com profile] claudia603
[livejournal.com profile] ancalime8301
[livejournal.com profile] grey_wonderer

I'm excited! It looks like the best thing right now is to drop the October weekend possibility and decide between November 9-11 Veterans Day weekend and December 14-16 Hobbit Movie release. And it looks like more of us are leaning toward December, but let's discuss some more and see if anyone else wants to join in. What say you?
lavendertook: hobbiton party field with rainbow (shire rainbow)
( Sep. 6th, 2012 02:24 am)
OK Hobbit posse! So who is up for a Maryland Moot in Westminster this fall/winter?

I'm going to propose 3 weekends, Friday thru Sunday. Please state which ones work for you, which is best, etc.



October 5-7 Columbus Day weekend--foliage will be beginning to turn


November 9-11 Veterans Day weekend--foliage will probably be just a little post-peak, but good


December 14-16 The Hobbit, Part 1 premieres



Feel free to link this post, or reprint this post in your journal since there are hobbit fans who are not on my flist, but might want to come, and please report back in the comments here with findings. If there is interest, I'll make us a community promptly. <3
It's the end of Tolkien Reading Day and I haven't given links for my last 3 reading excerpts for the [livejournal.com profile] read_lotr_aloud project in this journal, so I'm linking them here now. Bingo has added his appropriate face icons to the posts. The first two posts contain links to the whole chapter with everyone's readings. The last one I just recorded today, and not all readings are in yet, so there is no group link for the whole chapter. However, I will be adding that link after our wonderful organizer [livejournal.com profile] lbilover puts the post together next week, so please check back then if you're giving them a listen.

Farewell to Lothlorien

The Great River

The Breaking of the Fellowship

One day soon I'm going to sit down and do a listen to the whole of FotR that our group has produced and I'll be sure to leave comments then.
I've been getting more down this week as my cold has lingered, but I finally had energy today to walk a couple of laps around the lake and finally have the focus to post. First off, I wanted to mention that after the long discussions of that scene that I mentioned bothered me in FotR in myFotR EE post, [livejournal.com profile] lbilover happened to write a fic that totally fixes the scene and fills in the background to make sense of it way better than anything I was thinking of because she focused on the whole relationship, what Frodo and Aragorn mean to each other, and shows Frodo's will of steel unalloyed. You'll find this wonderfully gorgeous fic here. So I want to give my reviews of seeing the rest of the LotR EE's on the big screen in June. Forgive me if I transpose scenes from RotK to TTT and vice verse, since they're both in my head together, and feel free to let me know.

I went on my own to see TTT at the Bowie theater. The fun fact PJ had to impart in his preview is that Fran Walsh directed the scene when Smeagol tells Gollum to go away. I think PJ kind of botched it a little when he finished up, saying that this is all to say he wasn't directing everything. But no, shouldn't the point be that Fran DID direct some of it and she should get more credit and you're supposed to be promoting her, not bringing it back to you? Sigh.

TTT EEing . . . )
The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] ancalime8301 joined me for the RotK EE. Having determined that Snowden Square still has a superior sound system after seeing TTT in Bowie, we headed to Columbia, tried out a new pizza place that proved tasty, and headed to the theater accompanied by 3 hobbits, an elf, and a human. I brought along these fine folk:


RotK EEing . . . )
I've been down with a cold the past week--sore spotty throat, congestion, and tiredness, though I think it was incubating for at least a week beforehand. Then my immune system decided to launch a lightning strike on the micro-aggressors and lifted my temperature almost 5 degrees F--from 97.8 to 102.2--in a little more than the space of a half hour early last evening--thanks guys for the fun ride!
Ride to ruin, and the world's ending, and a red, runny nose . . . )
Reading LotR Aloud: Book 2, Chapter 6: Lothlorien; excerpt for the [community profile] read_lotr_aloud community. Click on pics to embiggen.



Listen to my reading, view more dollustrations, and go listen to everyone's readings of the entire chapter here.
Happy Froday!

OK now, Maryland Area Hobbit Posse,

I wanna make sure I get my ticket for the

FotR EE on Tuesday, June 14th at 7 pm

by this Monday. I think L. is going to join me. The ticket prices seem to have been standardized at all the theaters at $12.50 per show including the Fandango charge. Who is with me? It's showing in a number of theaters in the area. My suggestion is the Snowden Square Theater in Columbia, MD because Columbia is central for DC and Baltimore peeps, and that theater is lots easier to park at and get close to the theater than the one at Columbia Mall that is also showing the EE's. If you have a preference for another theater in the area please say so now.

Who else also wants to get their tickets for

TTT EE Tuesday 21st at 7 pm
RotK EE Tuesday 28th at 7 pm

Let's see if we can get that all settled in this thread.

Also it's mountain laurel blooming time:

Mountain Laurel at Greenbelt Lake, early bloomer 5-2011


This is an early blooming one last week here at Greenbelt Lake. More are blooming this year around the lake than I've seen before. But the really spectacular place to see mountain laurels bloom is down at Calvert Cliffs State Park in southern MD, which is just covered in them. They should be just about peaking now, and I'm planning to drive down there sometime this coming week between tomorrow and Memorial Day. Is anyone interested in coming with me (and sharing in gas expenses if you can), and we could decide on which day would be good? Cali and I went on this weekend last year and it was gorgeous, and it should be even prettier this year. What say you?
lavendertook: bingo looking up shaded lavender with my name (incoming!)
( May. 7th, 2011 02:17 am)
Bingo agreed to sit for me this Froday evening so I could do his portrait. It's the first drawing I've done in more years than I care to think. I used ballpoint pen on copy paper and referred to the cap [livejournal.com profile] mews1945 posted from FotR of our hobbit standing by the Mirror of Galadriel. For [livejournal.com profile] claudia603 and [livejournal.com profile] annwyn55 who've had a sad Froday, with hopes to bring them a little cheer. You can click to enlarge if you want--I like it better shrunk:



Happy belated Froday!
When I came onto LJ in 2002, I was interested in reading Frodo/Sam fic, but I found just as vibrant a community for writing about Frodo/Sam/Rosie as a happy triad as there was for Frodo/Sam as a happy couple, and I liked what F/S/R people were doing as well. Now there doesn't seem to be any F/S/R being written anymore, so I figured I'd best do something about that, and since I write about Frodo's discarded early draft incarnation, Bingo, I wrote a Bingo/Sam/Rosie fic for a fic universe I think a lot about for the week 5 challenge at [livejournal.com profile] fffc community on LJ.

Author: lavendertook
Title: The Moment Lately Past
Prompt: Parting (and reunion)
Characters/Pairings/Triad: Bingo/Sam/Rosie
Rating: PG
Word Count: 333, Triple Hobble
A/N: All this talk of Rosie, it's time I wrote a take on their relationship I've been playing with. This is part of an extra-canonical universe that jumps ahead several years from when I have usually been writing about Bingo (The Commuterverse.) It's set in S.R. 1448, 27 years after Bingo first sailed West, and 5 years after Sam first sailed, 40 years before the Red Book's telling, give or take a few months.

You can find it here.
The voice post below is an excerpt from Tolkien's unpublished second Epilogue in The History of the Lord of The Rings, in the History of Middle Earth in which Sam and his daughter Elanor converse. More than first viewing the film of FotR, reading this passage for the first time completely renewed the love I had for Tolkien's writings when I was a teen. In keeping with the theme of this year's Tolkien Reading Day, there are a couple of mentions of trees in the passage.



Click here for the reading and more dollustrations . . .
My voice post for an excerpt of Fellowship of the Ring: Book 2, Chapter 5: The Bridge of Khazad-dum for [livejournal.com profile] read_lotr_aloud and more dollustrations can be found here in Bingo's LJ.

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